Market to Market Relay sees record numbers at 12th annual race
The long-awaited Market to Market Relay was back in Nebraska on Saturday for the 12th time.
The 76-mile race started in Aksarben Village in Omaha and ended right here in Lincoln at the Pinnacle Bank Arena.
The race also called the running road trip, is a day-long, team relay race. This year, the race had a record-breaking 650 teams sign up with over 5,000 runners from 35 different states and 200 Nebraska communities.
Team members rotate running, driving in the team vehicle, resting, and repeating until the route is completed. The route has 19 exchange points totaling for a whopping 76 miles.
"Well it was dark this morning, and chilly this morning, and kinda slippery and we thought 'why did we do this?' but it was so much fun I mean, we had a blast," says runner Mary Anderson.
Anderson and her team, the wild things, ran the race for fun, but also as training for an upcoming half-marathon. Many runners train, while others simply come just to have fun.
"We're mostly about like having fun, no one really takes it that seriously." "There are years I've trained more I'll tell you that," says teammates Denie Jacobson and Halie Smith.
"When it's over it's like 'oh my gosh yes this is why we do it' but when it starts it's like 'okay... it's going to be a hard day'...but it's really not. It's so much fun"
Once teams finish up the race, they can check their times, massage their legs, enjoy free food and drinks, and plenty of company.
Teams also wear creative costumes, have team names as well as decorate vehicles to transport runners.
The best team costume gets free entry into next year's race.
For more information on the relay, team times, or the route, you can visit the Market to Market Relay Website here.